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PA Lottery’s 20-Year-Old Holiday Ad Gets Makeover

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — “Happy holidays, Rita!”

If you’ve lived in Pennsylvania during the past 20 years, chances are you recognize that line from the Pennsylvania Lottery’s television commercial — a nostalgically kitschy holiday tradition from Philly to Pittsburgh.

The ad, which first aired in 1992, shows a grandfatherly guy named Joe leaving his home on a snowy evening to deliver gifts of lotto tickets to his neighborhood newsstand and coffee shop. Meanwhile, festively attired carolers sing the lottery’s version of “The 12 Days of Christmas” marketing its current games.

But this year, Joe, Rita and the gang aren’t the same. The commercial has been redone, a shot-by-shot match of the original, but in high definition and a widescreen format that looks better on today’s sharper and broader televisions.

Spokesman Gary Miller said lottery officials wanted to make the spot look better without messing with tradition. The audio track from the original ad was retained and actors were cast to resemble their 1992 predecessors, he said.

“We really wanted to stay true to the original concept,” Miller said. “Many (people) who have seen the commercial didn’t realize we changed it.”

Not to fear, traditionalists: The characters in the new commercial love the notion of giving and receiving lottery tickets for Christmas as much as they have for the past two decades.

The original advertisement did change a little over the years. The “12 Days” jingle was tweaked to reflect substitutions in the lottery’s menu of chance — “two instant games” became “two Lucky for Lifes” then “two Mega Millions” — but the endearingly hokey elements that made it a favorite are still there.

Rita’s coffee stand co-worker has the same overly enthusiastic “What a GREAT gift!” reaction to Joe’s lottery ticket Christmas present, and a female singer in a blue cape still belts out a “five Cash FIIIIVES!” solo mid-carol.

The ad, titled “Snowfall,” was shot in Philadelphia over two nights in October. The 1992 “Snowfall” was filmed in Pittsburgh but the backdrops of townhouses trimmed in lights are comparable in both renditions.

Miller said feedback has generally been positive. The new spot is posted on the lottery’s YouTube channel, with commenters complimenting the decision to update a Christmas classic.

Connie Bloss worked on both “Snowfall” ads, in 2012 as the Pennsylvania Lottery’s marketing director and in 1992 as an account executive with the ad agency that had the agency’s account.

“Because the original spot is so beloved, we didn’t want to upset anyone by going in a vastly different creative direction,” she said. “We meticulously examined each frame to match the outfits, props, location, and other small details. We really wanted to get it right.”

Videos of the old “Snowfall” can also be found on YouTube and not surprisingly, some people are unhappy with the makeover.

“They’re not showing this version anymore. I saw the newer-looking, more updated one today. End of an era,” a commenter recently posted on a two-year-old YouTube posting of the 1992 commercial.

Another added, “What is there to update seriously? Why did they decide to mess with it?!”

Bloss said that in 1992, it wasn’t anyone’s intention to make an ad that would stick around for so long.

“We had hoped the original commercial could run for two or three seasons, as we are always looking for ways to stretch the Lottery’s advertising budget,” she said. “After it enjoyed a 20-year run, I believe we certainly got our money’s worth.”

“We hope to get another 20 years out of this one,” Miller said.

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A holiday TV tradition in Pennsylvania is changing this year. The Pennsylvania Lottery's "12 Days of Christmas'' commercial, which originally aired in 1992, has been revamped.

PA Lottery’s Beloved ‘Snowfall’ Commercial Returns for 25th Season

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. , Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On November 1 , the Pennsylvania Lottery’s beloved “Snowfall” commercial, featuring Joe, Rita, and the carolers, returns to television for its 25 th holiday season. Its catchy jingle is a shortened take-off on “The 12 Days of Christmas,” with six lottery games filling in for the traditional swans-a-swimming, gold rings and turtle doves.

“The moment they hear the carolers sing, many Pennsylvanians reflexively smile, sing along and mentally count the weeks until they can put up the tree,” said Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko . “We are proud that our popular commercial brings back so many warm memories for viewers and has become a Keystone State holiday tradition.”

The original commercial, filmed in Pittsburgh , aired from 1992 to 2011. In 2012, the Lottery produced a high-definition, shot-for-shot remake in Philadelphia . It began airing that fall.

“The remake is such a faithful reproduction that many viewers couldn’t tell the difference,” Svitko added. “The biggest hint is that the newer version is produced in wide-screen format. Plus, if you look carefully, you may notice some LED lights.”

The commercial highlights the annual release of the Lottery’s holiday-themed instant games, which went on sale October 25 . This year’s games are: $1,000,000 Snow Bank ($20) , Trim the Tree ($10) , Frosty Ca$h ($5) , Freezin’ Greetings ($3) , Unwrap the Cash ($2) and Merry Money ($1) . Instant tickets make a great gift for anyone who is 18 or older.

The Snowfall commercial will air in rotation with a new holiday commercial in which Gus, Pennsylvania’s second most famous groundhog, goes sledding.

About Us: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery to direct all proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since ticket sales began in 1972, it has contributed nearly $27 billion to fund property tax and rent rebates, transportation, care services, prescription assistance, and local services including senior centers and meals.

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Revenues are down across the board at the Oregon Lottery, which plans to cut 60 jobs in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Michelle Gabel/Syracuse.com Michelle Gabel | [email protected]

Oregon Lottery officials will cut 60 jobs and furlough most other workers to address a budget gap opened by the coronavirus pandemic.

The cuts come six weeks after Oregonians last gambled on video lottery machines, which bring in most of the Lottery’s money.

Director Barry Pack said the 60 job cuts amounted to 13 percent of the agency’s staff. Another 61 percent of workforce will be placed on furloughs of at least 30 days, he said. Staffers will also take pay cuts between 10% and 15%.

The changes will save the state $7.4 million, the lottery agency said.

“Today is a hard day, but these reductions will help ensure Lottery continues to deliver needed dollars to Oregon now and in the long run,” Pack said in a statement. “That’s little consolation to the employees negatively impacted, however, and my heart goes out to each and every one.”

The sudden shutdown of the state’s video lottery terminals followed Gov. Kate Brown’s ban on dining inside restaurants and bars. The loss likely amounts to millions of dollars every day that would have been waged.

Lottery officials have also said sales are down for draw games such as Powerball.

The declines could soon reach other state agencies that rely on lottery funding, including the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Travel Oregon, the state’s tourism bureau, announced in April that it would cut one-third of its workforce.

Oregon Lottery will cut jobs, pay amid coronavirus pandemic Revenues are down across the board at the Oregon Lottery, which plans to cut 60 jobs in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Michelle

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Game Draw Days Draw Times* Ticket Sales Close At*
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Match 2 of 5 Free Quick Pick Ticket 1 in 7
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Idaho Mega Millions Prize Amounts

Numbers Correct Prize
5 of 5 w/ Mega Ball Jackpot
5 of 5 $1,000,000
4 of 5 w/ Mega Ball $10,000
4 of 4 $500
3 of 5 w/ Mega Ball $200
3 of 5 $10
2 of 5 w/ Mega Ball $10
1 of 5 w/ Mega Ball $4
0 of 5 w/ Mega Ball $2

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Numbers Correct Megaplier 2X Megaplier 3X Megaplier 4X Megaplier 5X
5 of 5 $2,000,000 $3,000,000 $4,000,000 $5,000,000
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4 of 5 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500
3 of 5 w/ Megaplier $400 $600 $800 $1,000
3 of 5 $20 $30 $40 $50
2 of 5 w/ Megaplier $20 $30 $40 $50
1 of 5 w/ Megaplier $8 $12 $16 $20
0 of 5 w/ Megaplier $4 $6 $8 $10

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